St. Helena: Easy to Get to, Hard to Leave
Napa Valley’s most artistic map is both useful and stunning. Wineries, tap rooms, restaurants, boutiques, and more. You’ll want this in your back pocket when in wine country.
A Perfect Pairing: Hotels and Wineries Walking Distance to One Another
Prefer to travel on foot? Rated number one for its proximity to St. Helena’s historic shopping district is the Wydown Hotel. A 12-room boutique hotel that belongs in a hip NYC suburb, read Condé Nast’s review if further convincing is needed. Our chosen wine pairing for this hotel is the Saint Wine Bar & Lounge, which has a rotating selection of musicians every Friday and Saturday till late at night.
Albeit a different aesthetic, the views from Vineyard Country Inn overlooking the iconic Dr. Crane Vineyard and Salvestrin Winery are ✨ dreamy ✨. We’d describe this property in three words or less as cozy, intimate, and calming.
With an on-site winery, no other wine-country resort integrates the grape-to-glass experience like the Four Seasons Napa Valley. You can explore wines by one of Napa’s top winemakers without leaving your hotel, just a short stroll from your luxury lodging.
Insider’s tip: Looking for the best rate? Book midweek and extend into the weekend.
Red, White, and Rosé: The Best Wines of Summer
Rosé will forever be the drink of summer, and we’re sharing the scoop about three of St. Helena’s favorite wineries producing summer’s perfect crisp and refreshing, ROSÉ! The newest release we can’t get enough of is Prisoner Wine Company’s Syndrome Rosé. When the tasting notes call out a “hint of gummy bear”, we have no doubts this will be in our poolside ice bucket. Insider’s tip: you can’t find this in-store, so you MUST travel to Napa Valley.
With a subtle pink tint, Long Meadow Ranch Winery has perfected pink wine. Whether it’s their sparkling Rosé or Rosé of Pinot Noir – you can’t visit Napa Valley without bringing a bottle home. If there is one rosé we’d like to have on a monthly subscription, it’s the Clif Family Rosé of Grenache. Sure you can buy a bottle, but you’ll want a case of this summer juice for all your summer BBQs and garden parties.
A Plate of Color: Bright Ingredients & Beautiful Presentation
Napa Valley’s gardens are bursting with color and bounty. St. Helena is your foodie haven this summer if you love farm-to-table cuisine. Everywhere you go, you’ll find visually stimulating plates that’ll have you eating the rainbow 🌈. Green, orange, purple, and yellow, are just a few colors found in the crudité at the Acacia House and Charter Oak. These two restaurants can convert any carnivore with this dish alone.
Like summer, Meadowood’s strawberry shortcake pancakes cannot be missed while on vacation in Napa Valley. Meadowood’s Forum restaurant feels like a hidden luxury sunroom, peaceful, refined, playful, and relaxing. Insider’s tip: You don’t have to be a resort guest to dine at the Forum at Meadowood! Often considered the “Goop of Napa Valley”, CRISP Kitchen and Juice will keep you nourished as you try to balance health and fun. A dragon bowl and green juice will give your body what it craves, especially after an evening on the town.
Summer Capsule Wardrobe: Everything You Need Found in St. Helena
All the best shopping can be found in St. Helena, on Napa Valley’s Main Street. Leave room in your luggage to bring home summer staples that’ll forever remind you of summers in St. Helena. From a Saint Laurent summer tote bag at Elysewalker, to colorful gemstones and tennis bracelets from AF Jewelers.
Napa Valley’s newest boutique, Alchemy Works has set up shop minutes from St. Helena. Alchemy Work’s California coastal aesthetic, featuring neutral tones and natural materials is very much “Napa casual”. Find hats, slides, cover ups, art, and more.